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Euromech has completed one of the largest Pallet Racking installations ever seen in Ireland for Tesco’s new €70m Distribution Centre at Donabate, North County Dublin.
The 780,000 square foot facility employs over 600 people, and has a handling capacity of 1.5 million cases per week. It manages and distributes all ambient grocery (packaged and processed) and some non-food products for Tesco's network of 106 stores.
The new state of the art Distribution Centre utilises Tesco's own Distribution Management System. Specifically designed for and owned by Tesco, this proprietary system provides an integrated IT solution and links every aspect of Tesco's Supply Chain from warehouse to shop floor.
The Storage Solution
Euromech’s Project Management Team co-ordinated all aspects of the fit-out, from product design to final installation, working closely with the client to ensure that the system was installed to budget, and on time.
Over a 20-week period, Euromech installed 87 individual aisles of adjustable pallet racking.
This has provided Tesco with a total storage capacity of approximately 76,000 pallets.
As the racking is being serviced by wide-aisle reach trucks for pallets located above the first beam level and by low lever order pickers below, Euromech specified its Sacrificial Leg system on the front of each individual upright in each rack run where it considered the racking would be most vulnerable to impact from order pickers.
The Sacrificial Leg provides a cost-effective and time saving solution to the problem of repairing damaged frames. A removable section, fitted to the bottom of the front upright, can be quickly and easily replaced without dismantling the frame and more importantly removing the pallets supported by the frame.
Fact: - 15.6 kilometres of racking was used in the project (end to end)
Euromech developed the innovative storage solution in response to Tesco’s brief to maximise storage space within the new warehouse. The project involved building new shelving bays to provide denser storage capacity for smaller items such as homewares, textiles, cosmetics, electrical items and some food and pharmaceuticals.
The new storage solution has proved extremely effective, enabling Tesco to create 12.5 additional product locations for each single pallet location that has been removed, providing storage for a much higher volume of merchandise within the same floor area.
Another advantage of the new shelving systems is their ease of installation and adjustability. Euromech custom-designed a new fitting for the Tesco project which makes the shelving particularly easy to assemble and also to adjust if required in the future, keeping installation time, and therefore costs, down.
To further increase storage density and flexibility, vertical mesh divider panels were installed throughout the shelving, creating separate storage ‘compartments’ for different types of merchandise. This allows the shelving to be fully utilised and easily accessible and so is particularly suitable for these types of non-palletised goods.
The wire mesh divider panels also improve fire protection and safety standards. In the event of a fire, the wire mesh design permits smoke and heat to filter through to trigger smoke detection systems and allows the effective penetration of sprinkler systems. As a further safety measure, Euromech also supplied Anti-Collapse wire mesh back panels to prevent items falling from the shelving and injuring personnel working nearby.
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